Georgina Thompson's Story
Georgina Peta Thompson has worked with children, young people and women affected by domestic and sexual violence, and organisations that support them, for most of her career. In 2012 she travelled to Brazil’s favelas, where the by-products of extreme deprivation – vulnerability, violence and abuse - are widely prevalent. She wanted to understand how the use of art can help individuals unravel and address some of the complexities involved in experiencing abuse during childhood and begin the healing process.
Georgina worked at organisations including ACER Brasil, and Salvador and União de Mulheres Pró Melhoramento da Roupa Suja, who are helping children and young people to build in confidence and develop emotionally in order to benefit from educational, social and employment opportunities.
Georgina’s Fellowship report, in both English and Portuguese, details workshops and art therapy interventions which can be used in group and individual form. It has been distributed widely across the UK and Brazil to professionals working with children and young people affected by sexual and domestic violence.
On a personal level, being awarded with the Fellowship has enabled Georgina to build on her career in children organisations on an international scale, vastly improve her fluency in Portuguese and widely expanded her knowledge of the most effective practices to improve the lives of children and young people. Since returning from Brazil, she has worked in countries including Chad, India, and the United States. Georgina now works for UNICEF.